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Running head: LICENSURE AND CODE OF ETHICS1Hawaii Licensure and Code of EthicsBritney SmithProfessional Ethics in Marriage and Family TherapyCodes of Ethics and Synopsis of State LawsCapella UniversityNovember 2021
LICENSURE AND CODE OF ETHICS2Licensure in HawaiiTo obtain a Marriage and Family therapist license in Hawaii, there are certainrequirements that need to be met. With turning in an application there needs to be prioreducation, post-master’s experience, and practicum completed first. For education, an officialtranscript from an accredited school in Marriage and family therapy or allied practice (Marriageand Family Therapist Program, n.d.). In the training outline, specific credits are needed inmarriage and family studies, marriage and family therapy, ethical and professional studies,research, and human development. Within the master’s degree program, a one-year practicumwith a minimum of 300 supervised client contact hours need to be completed (Marriage andFamily Therapist Program, n.d.). After completing the master’s program, 1,000 direct marriageand family therapy experience hours and 200 hours of clinical supervision is required in at least24 months (Marriage and Family Therapist Program, n.d.). The last step before applying forlicensure is to pass the National Marital and Family Therapy (NMFT) Exam. Once all thesethings are done an application can be submitted with the necessary documents and wait forapproval. An issue with obtaining licensure is applications get abandoned due to not having allthe necessary documents or not passing the exam. Other challenges that can occur is not meetingor maintaining the conditions to qualify for license, being addicted to drugs, or engaging infraudulent activity regarding advertising or false statements (Marriage and Family TherapistProgram, n.d.). Those are just a few things that can prevent licensure from being obtained orrenewed.ConfidentialityIn Hawaii there are limits when it comes to confidentiality, there are 6 circumstances that aMFT therapist can disclose information. The first is when required by law and then if to prevent
LICENSURE AND CODE OF ETHICS3danger to one or more parties (Marriage and Family Therapist Program, n.d.). The othercircumstances relate to civil, criminal, and disciplinary actions. The therapist can discloseinformation if the therapist is a defendant or if the client is a defendant in a criminal case and theprivilege would be presented as a testimony or witness on the client’s behalf (Marriage andFamily Therapist Program, n.d.). Another exception would be when given a written waiver ofpermission previously by the client. Lastly is in the case where there are multiple familymembers who received therapy together then the therapist can disclose information when givenwritten waivers (Marriage and Family Therapist Program, n.d.). These limits are more detailedhowever the AAMFT Code of Ethics have its own standards when it comes to confidentiality.

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Term
Fall
Professor
Leslie Guditis
Tags
Business Ethics, Family therapy, ethical code, Family Therapist Program

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